The Freshers' Guide

Graduate Union

The Graduate Union moved to its new site on the corner of Silver and Trumpington Streets (map) in 2004. It aims to represent graduate students in the University of Cambridge, supply them with information and advice, offer a variety of services and arrange events (including freshers' week events, in the unlikely event that Sidney MCR's freshers' week isn't keeping you busy!). The GU was, up until 1981, known as the GradSoc and is the only student union in Britain catering exclusively to graduates. Over the 80s and 90s their central services changed with changing graduate needs and so they concentrate more on information and advice provision than ever before.

Somewhere along the way, the GU shop was opened, which provides convenient access to services including gown hire and thesis binding, along with affordable (and sometimes discounted) and student, travel and phone cards, photocopying and stationery.

Since 1991 there has been a full-time sabbatical graduate student president (unique in the UK, and quite possibly the world), strengthening their ability to represent and serve the members. To develop and grow, the GU needs your support, encouragement and – especially – participation. Colleges (including Sidney) are represented on their Council, but there are also GU Board officers with specific remits who you are welcome to contact for help or advice.

The GU website is a usual source of information on many topics:

Freshers' Guide last modified: 1 November 2017
This section last modified: 2 July 2012